Here at Enough, we often swap emails with interesting articles and feature stories that we come across in our favorite publications and on our favorite websites. We wanted to share some of these stories with you as part of our effort to keep you up to date on what you need to know in the world of anti-genocide and crimes against humanity work.
The anti-corporate pranksters the Yes Men struck again, this time launching a website supposedly announcing the launch of Apple’s first conflict-free iPhone. They followed up with a hoax press release that included some of “Apple’s” recommendations for what concerned consumers could do. Dave Gilson of Mother Jones provided this commentary on the stunt.
Katy Glassborrow of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting wrote this tribute to Abdelrahman Mohamed el Gasim, a Radio Dabanga reporter arrested by Sudanese intelligence during an October 30 raid on the offices of the radio and human rights groups in Khartoum. At a moment when it appears the Sudanese government is trying to create an “information blackout,” Glassborrow reflected on the vital work of the handful of journalists dedicated to delivering news to Darfur.
With bipartisan efforts in Washington few and far between, Sam Bell of the newly merged Save Darfur Coalition and Genocide Intervention Network made a case for Democrats and Republicans to come together at a crucial moment in Sudan:
The referenda in Sudan, potential flashpoints for violence, will take place just days after the 112th Congress is sworn in. A divided Congress should continue the bipartisan tradition on Sudan policy and firm up the administration’s carrots-and-sticks Sudan strategy.
Dr. Denis Mukwege is a frequent heroic character in reports from eastern Congo. This Guardian profile of the gynecologist and founder of Panzi Hospital in South Kivu – who exemplifies the motto “Don’t stand idly by” written on badge on his white coat – is especially good.
Next week, a new U.S. strategy aimed at dismantling the LRA is due on President Obama’s desk. World-class photographer Marcus Bleasdale teamed up with the Pulitzer Center and Human Rights Watch to create “Dear Obama: A Message from Victims of the LRA,” a multimedia piece powerfully capturing in their own words the fears and expectations of people who have survived LRA atrocities.